In July, 2019, Morris DuBose began a grant-funded position as Trinity’s Narrative Consultant. Trinity has built our discipleship and outreach around narrative and story. Trinity Fusion (our Monday evening gathering) fuses together sacred story and our personal stories and experiences. Last summer we hosted Unfinished, monthly gatherings for story telling. Previously, Morris led a small group of church members who came together to share their life stories and experiences with one another.
What makes our stories so important? Why have we chosen narrative as the primary format for our discipleship and outreach? Because, as Irene Nowell writes: “telling our stories leads us to understand who we are… If our stories are not told, the depth of our souls will not be known.”
As we continue to explore new and exciting ways to engage the community both within and external to Trinity we are fine tuning our approach to our storytelling and narrative. We are pivoting from our original Storytelling Group model, that featured designated storytellers with hour and a half presentations, to the Unfinished Circle.
The Unfinished Circle will meet on Wednesdays beginning on April 3rd, continuing weekly at 5:30pm in Trinity’s Great Room. We will create a space for small scale storytelling that will center around specific themes. People are invited to share, listen, or of course do both. Come to as few or as many evenings as you want. If a specific topic inspires a particularly compelling story, contact Morris DuBose at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at the church office.
Oranges have long been considered a special treat at Christmastime. Years ago when oranges were costly and scarce during the winter, they were a highly appreciated delicacy. Santa often left these sweet fruits in the toe of a child’s Christmas stocking as a simple but much-treasured gift.
The Christmas Orange reminds us that a simple gift, chosen with Care and given in Love, is the greatest gift any of us can give. From December 2 – 30, the Earth & Stars Discussion group will focus on the topic of giving Love in the simplest ways during the holiday season. The group meets Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM in the Great Room conference room. Refreshments are provided and child care is always available. Everyone is welcome to join!
Learn more on the Adult Ministries page.
DOWN TO EARTH, YET STAR GAZING
The Sunday morning discussion group meeting in the conference room off the GREAT Room each Sunday at 9:15 am is forging forward toward 2019! Even if you haven't joined the group before or if it's been a while since you attended, you are invited to meet with the group for some "big talk" (as opposed to just "small talk") about how each of us can grow and guide others in the Love of God and community through meaningful, intentional relationships and personal development.
Have you ever gotten into a discussion with someone who held a strong opinion on a subject yet couldn't explain why he or she thought and felt the way he or she did? Whatever the reason for our perspectives, stopping and thinking about why we believe what we do is an important tool for preparing us to engage with others around us, especially those who view things differently.
The United Methodist Church’s Social Principles address topics from Agriculture to War, and everything in between. If it's an issue in today's society, the UMC has thoughts on it!
On its 50th anniversary, our denomination is soliciting feedback from everyday Methodists as the Principles are revised. This is a chance to make our voices heard! In a joint effort between the
Sunday morning discussion group and the Young Adults group, Pastor Tracey, Morris DuBose, and Jeremy Grossman will be facilitating discussions on some of these principles and involving others (guest speakers) passionate about these topics.
The morning group will meet June 10, 17, and 24 and July 8, 15, and 22 in the parlor conference room @ 9:15 (childcare provided in the nursery). The evening group (including snacks) will meet June 24, July 8, and July 22 in the Friendship Room from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Each week is a distinct topic; attend what interests you.
June 10 – Creation
June 17 – The Nurturing Community
(including marriage, family, sexuality, etc.)
June 24 – Social Issues
July 8 – Politics
July 15 – Economics
July 22 – Global Concerns
To access the updated social principles online, paste the following link into your web browser: https://www.umcjustice.org/documents/89
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